At Mabe we shape our history curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for History; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum that encompasses the British Values throughout; ensuring the progressive development of historical concepts, knowledge and skills; and for the children to study life in the past.
At Mabe, we aim for a high quality history curriculum which should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge about the history of Britain and how it has influenced and been influenced by the wider world; know and understand about significant aspects of the history of the wider world like ancient civilisations and empires; changes in living memory and beyond living memory; learn about the lives of significant people of the past; understand the methods of historical enquiry and be able to ask and answer questions. We want children to enjoy and love learning about history by gaining this knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in history, we implement a cross-curricular approach to the curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. At Mabe, we ensure that history has the same importance given to it as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences.
We ensure that children at Mabe are equipped with historical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. We want the children to build on their history skills and assess their understanding through completing quizzes that show their progress from the beginning of the unit to the end.
Example History Knowledge Organisers
At Mabe Primary School, our History knowledge organisers include timelines, a glossary of terms and 'Five Fast Facts.' These facts are the sticky knowledge that we want the children to know by the end of the unit. Our Geography knowledge organisers follow the same format, but with maps as the key focus rather than timelines.
Example History Lesson Presentation
Across the school, History slides follow the same format and must include the lesson objective, success criteria, enquiry question, vocabulary, images (including timelines), progression across the lesson and a challenge element. Geography slides include the same criteria for continuity.
Example Planning Units
Here are planning block examples from Year 2 and Year 5/6.
Samples of Recorded Learning
Take a look at the learning we have completed in our books.
History in our Topic Floor Books
Each class has a Topic Floor Book in which you can see a range of photos, scripted conversations, answers to questions and more.
Take a look at the History learning on display across the school.
History in Action
Take a look at the photographs below to see History in action!
Curlews' Pendennis Castle Visit
A trip to the Cornwall Regimental Museum